Saturday, August 15, 2009

How to Choose a Do-It-Yourself Swing Set Kit

OK, so your children have convinced you to buy a backyard wooden swing set, but you dread the thought of visiting a showroom and being talked into dropping thousands of dollars on mediocre equipment (and even more on the installation of that backyard play set). Instead, consider the following three words: do it yourself. Even the most inexperienced do-it-yourself enthusiast can purchase high quality, and reasonably priced wooden swing set kits on the Internet and put one together successfully once it arrives at the door. Even better news is that do-it-yourself wooden swing set kits are available for purchase without wood included or with wood included. Your choice of kits relies on how involved you wish the do-it-yourself aspect of the construction to be.

Do-it-yourself kits, whether they come with wood or without, should always offer free shipping and include complete step-by-step instructions for construction; all necessary hardware; basic accessories, such as swings, monkey bars, canopy top, etc. Many additional fun accessories are almost always available, but any wooden swing set kit that requires separate purchase of necessary hardware should be avoided. Every nut, bolt, bracket, and spring clip needed to complete the project should always be included with the kit.

How does a do-it-yourself enthusiast make the choice between wooden swing sets that come without the wood versus swing sets that come with the wood? Consider the following. Kits that do not come with wood allow you the luxury of hand selecting the type of wood, and even each specific piece of wood, that will be used in the construction. More time and tools are needed for these kits, though, because each piece must be searched for, transported to the home, cut to exactly the right size, and sanded, and then holes must be drilled for each piece of hardware. Do-it-yourself enthusiasts who are more comfortable with home improvement projects often times prefer this approach.

On the other hand, wooden swing set kits that come with the wood may be a better option for the do-it-yourself enthusiast who can not find the time to select and sand the wood. The wood that comes with these kits is usually high quality and intended to last for many years with proper care. One benefit to kits that include the wood is that all the wood is pre-cut, pre-sanded, and pre-drilled. With these major steps already completed, you can construct the wooden swing set in a fraction of the time.

Whether you choose a wooden swing set kit that includes wood or not, you can increase your money savings by shopping wisely and constructing the equipment yourself. Either choice allows your kids to enjoy playing on a safe and fun piece of backyard equipment, and provides you with a feeling of pride and accomplishment. So, go ahead and do it yourself!

Autor: Trey Collier

Trey Collier is owner of, North America's finest Outdoor Casual Living Store, designed and created to help fashion outdoor living spaces. Since 2001, has offered internet customers quality outdoor living products, including Wooden Swing Sets, at very reasonable prices.

Added: August 16, 2009